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What are ceramic braces?
Similar to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces function to adjust the alignment of teeth. However, they offer a more visually pleasing and subtle appearance due to their clear brackets and inconspicuous archwires.
Additionally, ceramic braces can be a preferred choice because their small and rounded brackets are gentler on the teeth, resulting in less irritation and rubbing compared to metal braces.
Ceramic braces may also have a shorter treatment duration than clear aligners.
Who is suitable ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are suitable for a variety of individuals who wish to straighten their teeth and improve their oral health, while minimizing the visibility of the braces. Here’s a detailed answer:
Ceramic braces are often suitable for individuals who require moderate to severe orthodontic correction. They are particularly well-suited to adolescents and adults who are concerned about the aesthetics of traditional metal braces, as ceramic braces are designed to blend with the natural color of teeth, making them less noticeable.
Patients with the following conditions may find ceramic braces an effective solution:
- Crowding: When there isn’t enough space for the teeth to align properly, ceramic braces can slowly guide each tooth into the correct position.
- Spacing: If there are gaps or spaces between teeth, ceramic braces can gradually close these gaps, leading to a more even smile.
- Overbite or Underbite: Ceramic braces can correct these bite misalignments by adjusting the position of the upper and lower jaws.
- Crossbite: If the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when biting, ceramic braces can help correct this condition.
While ceramic braces offer significant aesthetic advantages, it’s important to note that they may not be suitable for everyone. Individuals with very severe misalignments or malocclusions, or those who participate in contact sports, may be better served by other types of braces or orthodontic appliances.
Additionally, ceramic braces require meticulous oral hygiene as they can stain easily if not properly cared for. Thus, they may be best suited to individuals who are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices.
Additionally, individuals who may be prone to irritation or rubbing from metal braces may find ceramic braces to be a more comfortable option. Ultimately, a consultation with our specialist orthodontist, Dr Hanna Reinartz, can determine if ceramic braces are a suitable treatment option for an individual’s specific needs and preferences.
|Prices of CERAMIC BRACES in London|
|Front teeth / Six Month Smile Clear Braces upper teeth mild case||FROM £2,995|
|Front teeth / Six Month Smile Clear Brace upper and lower mild case||FROM £4,995|
|Full arch expansion alignment upper or lower teeth||FROM £3,495|
|Full arch expansion alignment upper and lower teeth||FROM £5,995|
Wimpole Street Dental Clinic are specialists in Orthodontics
We have decades of combined experience in orthodontics as well as all the latest and most innovative technology and techniques to help deliver the best results.
Book an appointment with us today to find out more about ceramic braces and if you’re suitable for treatment.
State-of-the-art translucent ceramic material blends with the colour of your teeth.
Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for ceramic braces in London?
- Wimpole Street Dental Clinic boasts an experienced Orthodontic Specialist, Dr. Hanna Reinartz, who specializes in correcting teeth alignment. Dr. Reinartz’s approach to orthodontic treatments is both gentle and precise, with a focus on creating solutions that are discreet and inconspicuous. Her commitment to ensuring patient comfort and confidence is evident in the personalized care she provides. With her expertise in orthodontics, Dr. Reinartz strives to provide tailored treatment options that meet the unique needs and preferences of each patient.
- Hanna is a specialist with extensive education from prestigious dental schools in Germany and Britain. She is dedicated to utilizing the latest technology and premium brands in orthodontics to provide the best outcomes for her patients. With her expertise and unwavering commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest developments in orthodontic care, patients can feel confident that they are receiving exceptional care from Hanna.
- Our London-based dental clinic takes pride in offering the most innovative orthodontic technology and techniques available. We strive to provide our patients with efficient, dependable, and rapid results by utilizing the latest advancements in the field.
Meet our dentists who are experts in Ceramic Braces…
- We have over 75+ years of combined dentistry experience across our specialist team.
- 10,000+ treatments performed and counting.
- We are leaders in the dental industry – we regularly teach, lecture and publish our research work internationally.
What should I know about ceramic braces?
The state-of-the-art translucent ceramic material seamlessly blends with the natural color of your teeth.
Small designed brackets are softer on the mouth.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is crucial when it comes to ceramic braces. While the ceramic material used for the brackets is resistant to staining, the archwires that hold them in place are not. As such, patients who fail to keep up with proper oral hygiene may find that their archwires become discolored and detract from the overall appearance of their braces.
Frequently asked questions
Are ceramic braces as effective as metal braces?
Yes, ceramic braces are just as effective as metal braces in correcting tooth alignment issues. The main difference between the two is their appearance – ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces.
Are ceramic braces more expensive than metal braces?
Yes, ceramic braces tend to be more expensive than metal braces due to their advanced materials and technology. However, the exact cost can vary depending on the individual case and the orthodontist’s fees.
Will ceramic braces stain over time?
While the ceramic material used for the brackets is resistant to staining, the archwires that hold them in place are not. Patients who fail to maintain good dental hygiene may find that their archwires become discolored over time. This can be avoided by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding foods and drinks that are known to cause staining.
Are ceramic braces more fragile than metal braces?
Ceramic braces are generally considered to be just as durable as metal braces, although the ceramic material can be more brittle. As such, patients with ceramic braces may need to be more careful when eating hard or crunchy foods to avoid damaging their braces.
How long do I need to wear ceramic braces?
The length of time a patient needs to wear ceramic braces can vary depending on the severity of their case and their individual treatment plan. On average, treatment with ceramic braces typically takes between 18 and 36 months, although some cases may require longer or shorter treatment times. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome.
How long does it take for ceramic braces to straighten teeth?
The length of time required for ceramic braces to straighten teeth can vary significantly depending on the individual’s specific orthodontic needs. On average, however, the treatment period usually spans between 18 to 36 months.
Factors that may influence the duration of the treatment include:
- Severity of Misalignment: More severe cases of tooth misalignment or malocclusion typically take longer to correct than mild ones.
- Patient’s Age: Younger patients often have faster treatment times because their jaws are still growing and their teeth move more easily.
- Individual Biological Response: Everyone’s teeth move at different rates in response to orthodontic force. Some people’s teeth may move more quickly than others.
- Patient Compliance: How well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions, such as maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular adjustment appointments, can also influence treatment duration.
Bear in mind that every patient’s case is unique, and these are general estimates. An orthodontist in London or elsewhere will provide a more accurate timeline after a comprehensive oral examination and discussion of treatment options.
What food should I avoid when wearing ceramic braces?
When wearing ceramic braces, it’s important to avoid certain types of food that can damage the braces or cause difficulty with oral hygiene. Here are some general categories of food to avoid:
Hard Foods: These can cause damage to the wires and brackets of the braces. Examples include nuts, hard candies, popcorn, ice cubes, and crusty bread.
Sticky Foods: Sticky foods can get lodged in the braces and may even pull them off the teeth. This category includes foods such as chewing gum, toffees, caramel, and certain types of sweets.
Chewy Foods: Foods that require excessive chewing can strain the braces and potentially dislodge them. This might include certain types of meat, bagels, or licorice.
Foods That Require Biting Into: Foods like apples, carrots, corn on the cob, or large sandwiches might cause damage to the braces when you bite into them. It’s often recommended to cut these foods into smaller pieces before eating.
Sugary and Acidic Foods and Drinks: While they might not directly damage your braces, these can lead to tooth decay and staining around the braces, making them more visible. This group includes soda, candy, and citrus fruits.
Staining Foods: Since ceramic braces are prone to staining, it’s advisable to avoid food and drinks known to cause stains such as coffee, tea, wine, and certain types of berries.
Remember, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial when wearing ceramic braces. Brush your teeth after each meal if possible, and floss daily to remove food debris from hard-to-reach areas. This helps to prevent potential staining and keep your teeth and braces clean.
What are the benefits of ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces offer a variety of advantages that make them an attractive choice for individuals in need of orthodontic treatment. Among the most notable is their aesthetic appeal. Unlike traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are designed to blend in with the natural color of your teeth. The brackets are either clear or colored to match your teeth, making them less noticeable. This can be particularly beneficial for adults and teenagers who may feel self-conscious about wearing braces.
In addition to their cosmetic appeal, ceramic braces are also highly effective at correcting a range of orthodontic issues, from minor misalignments to more severe cases of overcrowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. Just like metal braces, they work by applying consistent pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them into their ideal positions.
Another benefit is the comfort they offer. Although any type of braces can cause some discomfort initially, many patients find ceramic braces more comfortable than metal ones because the ceramic brackets are smoother and less likely to irritate the inside of the mouth.
Ceramic braces are also durable. While they are not as strong as metal braces, with proper care, they are resilient enough to withstand daily wear and tear.